Monday, September 29, 2014

Bear Lake

After we were home for about 10 days we went camping. Just the four of us. We  drove up to the rim past Payson and camped near Bear Lake. 

It was gorgeous up there. Mountains and cooler temperatures and the same forests I remember camping in as a kid. It was perfect. 

We left on a Friday after Everett got out of school and it was getting pretty dark by the time we found a campsite… so we totally had to set up camp in the dark. We roasted some delicious brats by the fire (and Everett & Breckie had hot dogs… I'm really loving that Everett is eating, whoop whoop!!)

As soon as Everett ate his dinner he wanted to go to bed!

Everett went camping with Jake for the father/son campout a few months ago and Jake said he did the same thing… he just wanted to go to bed as soon as it got dark. We had to talk him into staying up long enough to make a s'more!

Breckie was a total nightmare… literally. She wouldn't sleep and other campsites were blaring music. It was a completely miserable night. 

3 of us were zombies the next day. Everett was perfect. Just perfect!

We had some pancakes, sausage, eggs and cheese. Oh, and hot chocolate. Half of camping is eating, right?!

After breakfast… you know, around 6 am, we headed to bear lake. 

Jake caught a few fish crawdads and Everett played in the dirt.

We rode the 4-wheelers for a bit. 

And then went for a hike around the lake.  

We didn't make it all of the way but the kids did really well. We saw some dark clouds rolling so we headed back to camp. 

The kids played in some giant mud puddles near camp and then…. BOOM… the loudest thunder I have EVER heard in my entire life. It was wild and so, so awesome. 

Jake and I decided that we would just pack up camp now before it rained. Everett played in the dirt while we packed up camp. 

We were about 15 minutes into our drive home and it started pouring down rain!

About an hour away from home we stopped and swam in the Salt River. 

It was absolutely gorgeous and Jake and I can't even think of one good reason we've never been?! It was still really hot and the water was the perfect temperature. The wild horses were pretty awesome too!

We had a lot of fun even though Breckie was a total punk and we were crazy tired. That's what memories are made of, right? I'm so glad we went and I'm looking forward to the next time we go camping!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Breckie Turns 1.5

Earlier this month Breckie turned 1 1/2 so we had to get some pictures of her and her little personality! 

I'm so in love with all of them… I can't pick a favorite! 

So happy to have this little girl in my life!

*P.S. It's like a dream come true to hear her talk. She is like a little mocking bird and repeats everything we say. It's hilarious and adorable and makes my heart so, so happy.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Family Pictures & Coming HOME

The last few days of our trip were probably not the best… although we did get some pretty awesome family pictures. 

Breckie got sick the moment we got back from Portland. She was up all night again, fevers and puking etc. 

By Tuesday she seemed to be mostly better which was good because we were flying home the next day. 

4 (out of 5) of Jakes sisters live in WA and the one that didn't came for a visit (with her husband) so we planned on doing a big, huge, giant family picture. 

It was crazy town. 

Luckily we got a few of just the four of us before the real craziness began. 

These are definitely the best two family pictures :)

And I LOVE LOVE LOVE these next two!

Amber's family...

Megan's family and Mariah's family...

And then the whole family...

I'm so glad we were able go get a good picture of everyone! 

We said our goodbyes and then the next day we endured another long flight of passing the puking baby back and forth and just praying we'd all survive. We finally made it. Back to the hot hot sun and I couldn't have been happier!

Except that Breckie screamed the hour ride home. 

Luckily Jake had lots of surprises waiting for me at home!! I was SO happy to be back!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Tayne & Lucy's Reception

Saturday morning went like this:

Downtown, clouds, rain, downpour, smeared mascara, I don't care, lets get Waffle Window. 

It NEVER gets old. And just for the record, we had already eaten continental breakfast at the hotel AND we filled an entire 10-punch punchcard at the Waffle Window AND 4 of those waffles were the Dark Secret. No joke. 

We walked around town for a bit and then got ready for the "wedding" which was really just going to be one big celebration minus the vows since they technically got married the evening before. 

I am beyond grateful that they got married the evening before because we were AN HOUR late to the reception. We got lost twice and even prior to that my mom's curling iron exploded (for real) and I almost died. True story. Glad I'm alive. 

Their reception was at a gorgeous Rhododendron garden in Portland. 

Our classic butt shot. We have at least twenty throughout the years. 

We played lots of lawn games, took a lot of pictures, hung out and talked with other guests, ate, danced, cried like a baby when I decided to take the microphone and tell Tayne just how much I love her, and when it got dark we packed up and called it a night. 

We had a great time and I'm just so happy for Tayne and Lucy. I know they'll have the happiest life together and I'm so glad we could be there to celebrate with them… even if we were an hour late!

Congratulations Tayne and Lucy. You are two of my most favorite people in the whole world. You are both so kind, loving, generous, beautiful, hilarious, and crazy smart. I miss you already; hopefully we can see each other soon!